How Long Does CBD Stay In My System? - Glow Bar London

September 28, 2022 4 min read

How Long Does CBD Stay In My System? 

CBD's popularity has increased in recent years; several people are starting to try it because of its potential effects in terms of health.

CBD is a natural substance derived from cannabis or hemp plants. Most people take it for different health importance. Notably, cannabis oil is non-psychoactive with minimal side effects. It doesn't make people high, as in the case of THC. CBD is sourced from hemp or marijuana; it can treat several conditions such as arthritis, epilepsy, acute pain, and anxiety. Herein, we discuss the factors that determine the duration of CBD in the body.

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

CBD may stay in one's system longer than expected. However, the duration depends on several factors that differ from person to person. It is usually dependent on factors such as the composition of the body and the body's metabolisms. 

The half-life of CBD in the body may range from hours to five days; the half-life is the time the body takes to eliminate one-half of a component. Essentially the body can eliminate a drug in 4-5 half-lives.

According to Näf (2004), CBD products such as sprays and drops have half-lives ranging from 1.4 to 10.9 hours. Tropical CBD has a half-life of thirty-one hours when smoked. However, too much intake of CBD may raise its half-life from two to five days.

Therefore, this implies that CBD drops may last between ten hours and two days in the body. Also, too much intake of CBD can last about ten to twenty-five days in the system, while smoking the cannabis derivative lasts for about one week. 

Several factors determine how long CBD lasts in the body. These factors include:

Dosage

A higher dosage requires more time to absorb into the body than a lower one fully. Similarly, the higher dosages take longer to clear from the body system. Hence, they provide relief for pain and inflammation for extended periods (Martínez et al., 2020).

The Intake Frequency

How often you use CBD determines the duration it takes to last in the body. When consumed regularly, it will increase in the body with time. Therefore, consuming it once a week is advisable to get the best limit that works for you; a little quantity leaves the body very fast. Physical determinants and generic influencers such as body metabolism, weight, and age also affect its duration in the system.

The Food You Mix with CBD

The food quantity and the meal type may affect the body's CBD processing activities. Consumption of high levels of fatty meals leads to an increase in the CBD contents in the bloodstream. Therefore, fatty food increases the half-life of CBD compared. Burman (2019) stated that consuming CBD on an empty stomach eliminates the cannabis derivative more quickly.

Administration Methods

The nature and the manner of consuming CBD products dictate the duration it takes in the body. Some of the CBD forms that determine the duration in the body include;

  • Capsules and pills.
  • Edible
  • Creams and lotions.
  • Oils and tinctures.
  • Vapes.

According to Chayasirisobhon (2020), Vaping allows CBD to enter the lungs, and its effects are felt quite fast. However, it is also ejected from the body in the same way. Once placed under the tongue, oils and tinctures get absorbed into the blood much faster into the body system but take a little bit longer to be eliminated. 

The body takes a long to metabolize CBD edibles, leading to a slower manifestation of its effects. In contrast, edibles last longer in the body. Similarly, topicals like lotions enter and leave the bloodstream quite slowly.

The mode of CBD consumption may affect the duration it takes in the body. For instance, smoking and inhaling manifest as fast as it leaves the body. Smoking or inhaling is clinically effective compared to oral consumption, which takes drugs through the gastrointestinal canal, which results in longer durations. The cannabis oil takes between 2 to 5 days. Factors like gender, weight, and general body health also determine the duration CBD takes in the body. However, regular CBD oil helps the body metabolize it more efficiently. The duration taken by a drug within the system relies on the frequency of using it.

Cannabinoids are fat-soluble; they might accumulate in the fatty tissues when taken in excess. Similarly, there will be a slower elimination of CBD into the bloodstream.

Conclusion

There is no exact duration CBD lasts in the body. The duration may rely on the manner of its intake, the dosage, and the body's absorption of cannabinoids. Since cannabinoids are fat-soluble chemicals, they could remain in the fatty glands and be released after some time. This makes their elimination from the body system quite slower. CBD curbs conditions like anxiety, insomnia, stress, and pain. In some cases, CBD may last in the body between eight to twelve days after consumption. In comparison, others may eliminate the product much faster and last longer than others.

References

Burman, M. (2019). Episode 4: Boost Your CBD!

Chayasirisobhon, S. (2020). Mechanisms of Action and Pharmacokinetics of Cannabis. The Permanente Journal, 25, 1-3.

Martínez, V., Iriondo De-Hond, A., Borrelli, F., Capasso, R., Del Castillo, M. D., & Abalo, R. (2020). Cannabidiol and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids for prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders: useful nutraceuticals. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(9), 3067.

Näf, M. (2004). Pharmacokinetics and analgesic potency of [Delta] 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) (Doctoral dissertation, University_of_Basel).